Roper Mountain Science Center reopens, features new traveling and permanent exhibits

Be the Dinosaur, Sustainable Futures, and more come to Greenville
A portion of the Water Cycle exhibit lights up, highlighting water use in Greenville
A portion of the Water Cycle exhibit lights up, highlighting water use in Greenville. Photo credit Emily Gill

The Roper Mountain Science Center today announced it is reopening after shuttering their doors for a year and a half.

Thomas Riddle, Assistant Director of Roper Mountain Science Center, said they are excited to welcome students and families back to their center, which has undergone several changes during the pandemic.

Outside of new building at the Roper Mountain Science Center.
Outside of new building at the Roper Mountain Science Center. Photo credit Emily Gill

Riddle reports that they continued to teach lessons virtually, not only to local schools but also to schools across the nation and in Canada.

The reopening of the center's Summer Adventure will run for 10 straight weeks, starting Tuesday June 1st and running through August 2nd.  The center will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

An interactive exhibit in the Sustainable Futures section.
An interactive exhibit in the Sustainable Futures section. Photo credit Emily Gill

The centerpiece of the reopening is the new building which was erected on top of the former amphitheater.

The building features two permanent exhibits.

Sustainable Futures shows participants how to be good stewards of natural resources.

"We've designed an exhibit in which no matter what age you are, you're going to learn about how we can make a difference in being more sustainable and leaving the world a better place for future generations."

An interactive exhibit in the Sustainable Futures section.
An interactive exhibit in the Sustainable Futures section. Photo credit Emily Gill

The other permanent exhibit is the Water Story exhibit which highlights the Greenville watershed and the water cycle.

Riddle also announced the launch of the building's first traveling exhibit, Be the Dinosaur.

The Be the Dinosaur exhibit will only be featured during the summer.  Participants move through the exhibit as either a triceratops or a T-rex (the dinosaurs are randomly assigned).

A T-rex head on display in the traveling exhibit, Be the Dinosaur.
A T-rex head on display in the traveling exhibit, Be the Dinosaur. Photo credit Emily Gill

This exhibit was chosen to go along with a new permanent installation on the property at the center, the Dinosaur Adventure Trail.  The trail features 20 life-sized dinosaurs at various stages of development.

For more information about the reopening, visit https://www.ropermountain.org/​.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Emily Gill